Custom Wood Ceiling: Silver Burst

Written by on March 28, 2014 in Ceilings with 0 Comments
Custom wood ceiling

Wet glaze on drying racks

Another Topcoat Shop Success

Recently we completed a shop pre-finishing project of 1000 square feet of material for a custom wood ceiling to be installed in the 30 foot cathedral space of a new home’s “great room”. The wood was 1×8 v-groove cedar, and we applied a semi-transparent waterborne stain.

Cedar in its natural state has many color tones…ranging from red to brown to yellow. Often times, people like the grain pattern of cedar, but they do not want the variety of color tones. That is why we do semi-transparent glazing of cedar.

During this process, we apply stain to both sides of the wood for dimensional stability, as this reduces the likelihood of the wood “cupping” in the future. Semi-transparent staining of wood is a neat way to even out the color while still showing the wood grain. The wood tones underneath the glaze will deepen over time, as they wood with any other finish, and the way these natural tones interact with the glaze on the wood surface makes for a rich look as the wood ages.

Here are some images from the pre-finishing process and an onsite photo of the ceiling during its on site installation.

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Scott Burt

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About the Author: Scott Burt is a contractor and freelance writer whose column "From the Field" has appeared in American Painting Contractor magazine ( since 2008. His writing and projects also appear in other print and digital venues. .


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